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PENGUIN CLASSICS CONVERSATIONS OF SOCRATES

SOCRATES' DEFENCE; MEMOIRS OF SOCRATES; THE DINNER-PARTY; THE ESTATE MANAGER
Xenophon - Author
Hugh Tredennick - Translator
Robin H. Waterfield - Translator
Robin H. Waterfield - Editor
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Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 384 pages | ISBN 9780140445176 | 01 Mar 2004 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
PENGUIN CLASSICS CONVERSATIONS OF SOCRATES

‘He seemed to me to be the perfect example of goodness and happiness’

After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing, transformed the great philosopher into a legendary figure. Xenophon’s portrait is the only one other than Plato’s to survive, and while it offers a very personal interpretation of Socratic thought, it also reveals much about the man and his philosophical views. In ‘Socrates’ Defence’ Xenophon defends his mentor against charges of arrogance made at his trial, while the ‘Memoirs of Socrates’ also starts with an impassioned plea for the rehabilitation of a wronged reputation. Along with ‘The Estate-Manager’, a practical economic treatise, and ‘The Dinner-Party’, a sparkling exploration of love, Xenophon’s dialogues offer fascinating insights into the Socratic world and into the intellectual atmosphere and daily life of ancient Greece.

Xenophon’s complete Socratic works are translated in this volume. In his introduction, Robin Waterfield illuminates the significance of these four books, showing how perfectly they embody the founding principles of Socratic thought.

Conversations of Socrates - Xenophon

Preface
Introduction

Socrates' Defence
Introduction
Socrates' Defence

Memoirs of Socrates
Introduction
Memoirs of Socrates

The Dinner-Party
Introduction
The Dinner-Party

The Estate-Manager
Introduction
The Estate-Manager

Bibliography
Index of Proper Names